How do you paint a porch?
It’s easier than you think. This article will show how to paint a porch with three colors of deck paint, save some money and achieve the look you want for your house siding. Pick out one or more colors from the sample chart below. They are names in order from left to right, top to bottom.
1. Your house has three sides, the front, back and side.
The first step is to decide which of these three siding surfaces you want to paint. Remember that a second coat will always be necessary so choose wisely based on your budget and painting skills. Here are some things to consider:
– If you choose the side or back of your home be sure it gets plenty of sunlight otherwise you will have to paint regularly as the sun fades wood over time. And for more complex reasons, if you live in an area with heavy snowfall don’t pick flat porch paint colors because they often become slippery when wet (see our article on Paint & Stain Removal).
– If your porch faces north it is best painted with warm colors to help it blend with your house. Also, if your porch is an exterior entryway for interior rooms you will want to choose paint that matches most closely the color of your siding so doors, trim and windows match as well.
– If it’s sunny pick dark colors, particularly dark blues. Sunlight quickly fades light porch paints because they reflect less sunlight than dark paints so stay with darker shades of blue or brown.
2. It helps to know what the type of wood material is under all that old paint before you start painting a porch.
The following are the most common types of porch decking: Wood – All clearwood porches should be primed first with an oil-based primer, made for exterior use, to help prevent the wood from drying out. See our article on Paint & Stain Removal to learn which primers work best for your porch type of material.
– All clearwood porches should be primed first with an oil-based primer, made for exterior use, to help prevent the wood from drying out. See our article on Paint & Stain Removal to learn which primers work best for your porch type of material. Composite Wood – A newer material is making its way into porch building and it’s not yet known how well these surfaces will accept deck paint so you may want to consider a two-tone finish: Exterior Primer + Deck Paint (learn more about which brands are best in our article).
3. Decide where on the house you want to paint your porch.
Determine if you will paint over wood or composite siding . When painting a porch that isn’t already painted, use an exterior primer before applying deck paints. Just like priming your walls before painting a room, doing so will help give your porch a durable finish and reduce the amount of maintenance in the future (learn more about which brands are best in our article). If this is completely new construction then consider using fiber cement panels for a more finished look. These can be stained or painted with exterior paints as well.